Imagine a world where every technical skill you now have, will be somewhat useless in 5 years? Oh wait, we don’t have to imagine it:
“It’s safe to say that “the career for life” is over. People now hold an average of 15 jobs in their working lifetime. What’s more, according to Deloitte the lifespan of a skill has decreased to just five years from 30 on average. Rapid technological advancements are increasingly impacting the traditionally steady trajectory of professional development, as businesses adopt new operational solutions which employees must master.”
The report goes on to discuss the disconnect between what experts see in the job/skills marketplace, and what US workers actually expect, and it’s not pretty. There are far too many people out there who don’t see that being competitive in the labor market is going to mean learning new things, all of the time, for the rest of you career.
And, apparently, that also means there are far too few businesses out there looking realistically at what it will take to keep their employees up to date.
So, if you don’t support training and up-skilling your current folks, you’ll be behind, very quickly.